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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
John Henry Maxfield

of Bolsover

J.H. Maxfield operated a studio in Bolsover very briefly around 1896, before moving to Heeley in Yorkshire.


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John Henry Maxfield was born at Bolsover in 1871, son of a tailor Thomas Maxfield (1832-1895) and his wife Mary née Brooks (1838-1900).  In the late 1870s, Thomas opened a grocer's shop, and subsequently expanded the business to include first a news agency, and then a provisions and tea dealership.  By April 1891, John had moved to nearby Chesterfield and was working as an assistant to a provision dealer.

The 1895 Kelly's trade directory makes no mention of John Henry Maxfield in either Chesterfield or Bolsover.  By 1896, when the photo below was taken, he was clearly working in Bolsover, but this could not have lasted long, as the 1899 Kelly's directory entry for that town again shows no photographers.  He married Sarah Ellen Harvey at Chesterfield in 1896, and in late 1900 a daughter Doris Millicent was born at Heeley, Yorkshire, where they were still living in April the following year.  J.H. Maxfield had by this time changed his profession and was working as a telegraphic linesman.

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Image © & courtesy of Carolyn Hastings
Harriet Winifred "Win" Mellors (1896-1977),
by J.H. Maxfield of Bolsover,
Taken in 1896
Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Carolyn Hastings

Notes by CH: she was the granddaughter of John and Elizabeth Johnson of Oxcroft Farm in Bolsover.  She lived her entire life in Bolsover, except during periods of employment "in service".


Image © & courtesy of Carolyn Hastings


References
Images kindly provided by Carolyn Hastings 
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1871, 1891 & 1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories

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